(Santa Ana) – Rancho Santiago Community College District announces the appointment of Christine Leon as associate dean, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS)/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) and CalWORKs. In this role, Leon is responsible for the supervision and administration of all programs and services provided through EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs. Her duties include managing all functions and activities that help low-income and underserved students, including single parents, access and succeed in higher education. Services provided include counseling, study skills instruction, tutoring, assistance with transfer and career readiness, and extended services to qualified students. She oversees the personnel, handles student eligibility, ensures the delivery of the programs and services, and administers the budgets for these programs.
With 30 years of experience in higher education, Leon offers a wide range of expertise, as an administrator, a counselor, program director, training specialist, and operations director. Since 2012, she served as dean of counseling and matriculation at Coastline Community College. She oversaw the college’s Counseling Department, Assessment Center, Financial Aid, Transfer Center, EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs programs. Prior to that, she served as director of the Student Affairs Office at UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. Earlier, she was associate director and sexual health program director for UC Irvine Health Education Center. Previously, she was an academic counselor and adjunct faculty at Santiago Canyon College where she provided students with career and personal guidance through the EOPS program.
Leon earned a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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